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Wednesday night Orioles game thread: at Tigers, 7:10

The bullpen was depleted and the Orioles gave up eleven runs and that was the game BEFORE Ubaldo Jimenez pitched. Tonight, the O's will try to stay alive against Michael Fulmer and the rest of the Tigers.

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The Orioles gave up eleven runs yesterday and it's only today that Ubaldo Jimenez will be the starting pitcher. What fresh horror might await? Jimenez might have to pitch until his arm falls off tonight, because with Alec Asher, Richard Bleier, and Mychal Givens all going for more than one inning last night, they might be shied away from, and I don't think freshly called-up Stefan Crichton is going to make enough of a difference there.

If last night's game was the start of a breakout for any one of Chris Davis, Manny Machado, or Mark Trumbo, that would be OK for the Orioles. Preferably if more than one of them are starting to break out. Machado and Davis haven't exactly been bad up to this point, but they have been underwhelming relative to their expectations. Trumbo, on the whole, has just been bad, but he dragged his OPS+ up to 83 yesterday, so he's now only 17% worse than the league average hitter.

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer has been pretty dang good to start the season, posting a 2.54 ERA over his first seven starts. This may not feel like as much of a mismatch as, say, Ubaldo pitching against Max Scherzer, because Fulmer doesn't have Scherzer's track record, but still, if a guy has a 1.000 WHIP in mid-May, as Fulmer does, that's a tough draw for the O's offense. Maybe they saved some runs for tonight.

Today's Lineups

Seth Smith - RF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Adam Jones - CF Nick Castellanos - 3B
Manny Machado - 3B Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Chris Davis - 1B Victor Martinez - DH
Mark Trumbo - DH Justin Upton - LF
Jonathan Schoop - 2B J.D. Martinez - RF
Welington Castillo - C Tyler Collins - CF
Trey Mancini - LF James McCann - C
J.J. Hardy - SS Jose Iglesias - SS
Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP Michael Fulmer - RHP